Sports: Volleyball Loses Hard-Fought Battle to Menlo
On Thursday, the varsity volleyball team kicked off their season with a match against cross town rival, Menlo. While M-A’s 7th Woman Club provided the Bears with nothing but continuous support on Menlo’s home turf, the Knights were still able to claim the victory, defeating the Bears three sets to one.
Off the bat, the Bears came out with fire. Sophomore Leanna Collins started the game with two consecutive kills. The first set remained competitive for awhile, but Menlo’s power was too much for the Bears to counter.
Junior Danielle Balestra commented, “We started out strong, and just lost focus. Unfortunately we let them have some runs that plainly shouldn’t have happened.”
The Bears did put forth several strong plays in the first set, namely multiple kills by senior Pauli King, which gave the Bears some momentum. But ultimately, the Bears lost their focus and the first set.
The second set was more of the same for the Bears, with miscues and a loss of focus, which ultimately made them suffer, losing the second set as well.
Junior Eliza Gutierrez- Dewar remarked, “We started out the game with a lead but we let up a bit and gave them a run of points; from there the overall energy of team was a bit down. We focused too much on lost points rather than the next play.”
The Bears came out with a new sense of urgency in the third set. After a few kills by King, the 7th woman came right back, louder than ever. With an excited crowd, and the momentum on the Bears side, M-A won the third set.
However, the Bears failed to keep up their momentum and lost the fourth set.
Junior Kaitlin Tavarez reflected, “We didn’t win because they outplayed us. Statistically, we played just as well if not better in most rotations. The only issue was that we couldn’t side out fast enough. But we are excited to play them again soon.”
Although they were not able to come out on top in this first game of the season, the Bears showed promise and teamwork that will lead them to future victories.